r/WorkReform Jan 26 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote This Rocket Like To The Stars

Want to reform work? Start or join a union where you work.

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I’m a member of UFCW 1996. Is it perfect? No. Is working at a job with a union way better? Yes. The collective bargaining power is one of the greatest tools unions bring to the table. The real power, the reason corporations will spend millions of dollars to prevent a union from forming, why they find any reason to fire employees interested in unions, and why it’s part of the job training to ignore unions, is how much easier it is to call and how powerful of a tool work strikes are. We’ve been seeing strikes work at places like John Deere, Kellogg, and Kroger in more recent weeks but strikes have been proven effective since conceived. Cutting off the profits of corporations brings them to the table and rest assured losing money is the only factor that will get them to give any kind of care to their workers.

This link will take you to UFCW’s website if your interested in starting a union and gives a step by step process to do so.

UFCW is an established union but that doesn’t make them the only one. As easy as it was to find them through search engine use I’m sure you can find one that may be closer to your jobs wheelhouse.

Starting a union in your company will likely be very challenging. Corporations will absolutely fight unfairly to prevent a union from forming, but unless you trust your CEO and executive board where you work to have your best interests at heart then forming a union will be the best thing you can do for yourself and your co-workers long term happiness.

Edit 5: To the disingenuous trolls saying unions just take your money and screw you over my union costs me 9.88 per week which is $39.88 per month. That buys me a contract which includes health, prescription, vision, and dental insurance for only $14.25 per week or $57.00 per month. Access to the union legal fund if I need a lawyer. A host of discounts at a decent selection of companies. A vested pension after 5 years. A grievance process to deal with rule breakers in management. Again I won’t say it’s perfect. Wages continue to be a point of conflict but I also am guaranteed raises yearly and we will renegotiate our contract in 2023.

Edit 1: This link will take you to a list of labor unions. I have not visited these unions websites because there’s a lot of them, however I think it would be safe to say most if not all will have a way to either join them or a way to start one through them.

Edit 2: This will take you to the Industrial Workers of the World or IWW website. If your field doesn’t have a union they may be right for you. They offer options both in the US and around the world.

Edit 3: The Emergency Workers Organizing Committee or EWOC is a grassroots organization aimed at helping workers organize in the workplace. They are a project of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (UE).

Edit 4: United Steelworkers Canadian Branch USW covers a wide variety of jobs including saw mills, steel mills, call centers, credit unions, mines, airports, manufacturing, offices, oil refineries, security companies, nursing homes, telecom, coffee shops, restaurants, legal clinics, universities, among others.


r/WorkReform Feb 04 '22

Suggestion If you've been thinking about asking for a raise, you should also be applying to other jobs as well

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Like a carrot on a stick, employers will use small raises such as 3-5% a year to keep you loyal. Statistically speaking, you are more likely to get that raise and more if you switch companies. Don't keep holding out expecting the pay you deserve because you won't get it. Go out and find the pay you know you deserve/need.

https://www.zippia.com/advice/average-salary-increase-when-changing-jobs/

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/09/switching-jobs-can-lead-to-higher-pay-heres-what-to-know.html


r/WorkReform 9h ago Wholesome This Silver Helpful

McDonald’s closes early because the one employee working values themselves more than their bad job

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r/WorkReform 22h ago Wholesome

Capitalism. It buries the living.

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r/WorkReform 5h ago

There are examples all over the world that disprove the "higher wages will mean no businesses" trope

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r/WorkReform 2h ago

Pledge allegiance to the United Corporations of America

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r/WorkReform 1h ago

Remember: you do not work for promises. You work for immediate compensation.

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My bosses have been trying to throw a ton more responsibilities on me now that everybody is jumping ship since our new boss arrived. I am honestly enjoying watching the man drown himself so i'm sticking around until I find something else.

But today he had the audacity to ask if I would take on a ton more responsibilities that would result in tripling my workload within 3 weeks, and for me to do this because "if you do well, you may get a raise after some months!" No set date, no set amount, just more responsibilities and a new schedule from it that I'll have to change my whole life around to... Help him out?? And have a pinky promise that i'd eventually, someday, get a small raise??

I laughed. I laughed in his face. What is he gonna do? Everybody is quitting, i'm the only one left with half an idea of how the systems run here (IT), and this man wants me to take on upper management roles with bottom rung pay?

I of course said no. He said we'd talk about it again later. I again said no.

Remember, do not work for promises. Do not work for "and after this you may get an extra few cents!!". We are not 5 year olds being told we may get icecream if we're good at the supermarket- we are adults and deserve respect.

Don't ever work for promises.


r/WorkReform 1d ago

Galaxy Digital CEO says the quiet part out loud and says that CEOs need to lay people off to regain control of employees. This is why work reform is important.

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r/WorkReform 23h ago Silver

Workers to split $600,000 after South Carolina tip pool ruled illegal

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r/WorkReform 10h ago

I told my boss two months out that I'm leaving to go back to college full time.

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Since full time work and college is near impossible, and since I have the means to pick one or the other, I let them know I'm leaving early two months in advanced to give them a chance to get someone else in on my position (I'm the only one working it and it's one of those essential positions) and my boss actually took it really well, said he'd work me to my final date while I train the new guy, and that the company will make the best use of the timing (IE despite training a second person that's double man power for 2 months time during the busy season)

I know this is about work reform but I wanted to share an example of what I think is a really good thing to see in the work force. He was aware life happens and fully understood my decision.


r/WorkReform 14h ago Helpful

Michigan Starbucks Unionizes

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r/WorkReform 7h ago

Google's ex-HR chief isn't a fan of cutting pay for some relocating workers: ‘It really pisses people off. It’s a huge mistake’ 🙏

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r/WorkReform 7h ago

NYC subway ad guilting (???) people to tip MORE. Why don’t you just pay your delivery ppl better??? Delivery fees are already unaffordable so this annoyed me

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27 Upvotes

r/WorkReform 5h ago

Update: Put in Two Weeks, Fired a few days later

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Link to Original Post: https://old.reddit.com/r/WorkReform/comments/tfxlfw/put_in_two_weeks_fired_a_few_days_later/

First, I would like to thank the users in my original thread for the replies. I did end up filing and it has been going about how I expected it would.

So I ended up filing at the beginning of this month. I did wait a month and really shouldn't have, but that is a whole other thing. Anyways, I received my response saying that I was denied. I expected this honestly, I figured they would do this.

I read through my letter and found that my State(Illinois) contracts with private law firms to assist with filing appeals. You can call them and they will tell you how to go through the appeals process. I had to set up an interview date, which took about 20 minutes, 5-10 of which was sitting on hold which was fine. They will also ask you questions regarding your case to determine if they will represent you at the appeals hearing or not. I told them exactly what happened as per my original post and was told I would be notified the day before my hearing if they will assist me or not. My call took place last Wednesday(5/11), lasted maybe 5 minutes. I got a call back from them the next day asking follow up questions, I think the second call lasted maybe 3 minutes. On Monday I received a letter from the law office saying I had a valid case and they were going to represent me in my appeal. They will only represent you in the appeal.

I am making this post as an update to let people know there are ways to fight back and we should always take them, even in an "At Will" state like mine. Letting things go will only embolden employers to mistreat us more. Not sure if I can seek legal action outside of my appeal, but I am going to try and find out.


r/WorkReform 1d ago Silver Wholesome

Gonna be a lot more kids getting bikes this year

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r/WorkReform 8h ago

Amazon Makes Union Organizer Pick Up Cigarette Butts Alone in Parking Lot

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r/WorkReform 5h ago

“No one wants to work anymore”

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r/WorkReform 1d ago

My manager offered $100.00 to whoever came in early and I found out he’s giving me (f15) a $25 gift card instead

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I’m obviously really pissed and let down by the whole situation. I get paid 10.50 an hour,, so I took the 100 dollar offer. I’m waiting for him to hand me the gift card first before I say anything but I’m not sure what I should do or even say to him. I just think it’s shitty that he lied about how much I would be receiving for working a longer shift than usual. I have proof of him texting em saying he would give me the $100.00. Help?


r/WorkReform 1d ago Silver

This pretty well sums it up for me.

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r/WorkReform 17h ago

If my last job had an accurate job posting.

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Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator Wanted

Tasks include but are not limited to:

Social Media manager, Marketing manager, Campaign coordinator, Marketing coordinator, Photographer, Sourcing analyst, Copywriter, Website sales assistant, Accessories manager, Merchandise creation and deployment, Loyalty program coordinator, Graphic designer, Branding, Sales associate, Cashier, Other assigned duties

Feelings you may experience: Be prepared to be ignored, dismissed, frantic, anxious, dejected, burdened, railroaded, defeated, delusional, and don't forget, the position may sound executive branch but it absolutely is not in your case. If you experience chest palpitations, extreme fear, or mountains of exacerbated stress, just ignore them and push them to the bottom of the list of tasks assigned to you. You'll be fine.

What to expect: Short notice work required. Not considered management in anyway, despite the several managerial roles assigned to you. You will often be taken off task to deal with any one of the other 14+ roles that are expected of you. You will be stopped at every possible turn in an attempt to impede any and all progress like a sand castle being repeatedly kicked down by the mean kid at the beach because his parents own the beach and he can do whatever he wants and doesn't need to listen to you. Physical presence required to receive full pay, even if you are completing your tasks at home. All duties managed outside of 9:00-5:30, Mon-Fri, will not be compensated but expected if required by 'upper management' of which you are not included. Other tasks as assigned. Highest of expectations.

This will all take place during a global pandemic where you will live in constant fear of family and friends getting ill and potentially dying.

You may potentially get covid but not know it and may spread it to other people unknowingly. You may suffer extreme pain, dizziness, nausea, lightheadedness, no appetite, and a constant headache that will range from ball peen hammer pushed into your temple to wishing for the sweet silence of death.

But most of all, be creative and have fun! After all, we're a family!

No salary. No overtime. No position benefits. $16/hr


r/WorkReform 4h ago

Group of 200+ landlords share names of people they’re about to evict so that others won’t take them

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r/WorkReform 5h ago

What would you do in my situation?

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Hey guys, I (20F) am going to give you context so you know what is happening.

I have been working for this family for over a year now as a live-in caregiver, I take care of my boss’s son. Months ago my boss told me they were moving to a different province and asked me if I wanted to come along, around 2 weeks ago I moved far away from my family and friends to keep working in this job. During this year I always saw things that I didn’t like but even though I spoke about it, nothing really changed. Since I literally live with my boss it is very hard to keep a distance o maintain a classic boss-employee relationship, the boundaries get so blurry after seeing her cry multiple times about how hard it is to have a son with severe disabilities and understandably I can’t help but feel bad for her so every time I can do something for her I will. The second day I was here I decided I would stay only three months and a half and would take my 10 days off in between those months, she wasn’t happy about it at all. She said we had agreed on something when really we never signed anything or agreed on certain amount of months, she also said 10 days was too much and that she wouldn’t be able to find anyone to cover for me. That made me feel guilty.

After talking I decided I would give up those 10 days but would leave early August, she ignored me for days and it was super unprofessional and uncomfortable, I only worked a total of 14 hours that week despite of being here 24/7.

Yesterday my boss had friends over even though she knows I can’t do my job because her son is very attached to her so he just doesn’t pay attention to me when we are in the room. They all decided to have wine in front of me while I was just standing there waiting for them to leave so I could do my job, when they finished the left their glasses in front of me so I would put them in the dish washer. I was treated like a maid when my job is to just care for the kid and I can’t take it anymore but I can’t help but feel guilty for wanting to quit, I’m not happy here at all, I’m alone in a city where I know no one and I’m being taken advantage of.

I decided to come here so I could work as much as I could to save money for my future (I gotta admit the pay is great plus I don’t have to pay rent or buy groceries) but after this am not sure it is worth it anymore, I haven’t slept in days of how anxious and sad I am and I only get out of my room to work.

I can give you more example of things that have happened in the past if you want to know. I have myself until the end of the week to think what I would do next, I already wrote my two week notice.

Do you think I should stay as I agreed and just put up with being treated like a maid for the money? Am I being irrational?


r/WorkReform 12h ago

Any company claiming "low prices" for essential products, that increases price to reflect inflation, should adjust employee wages accordingly.

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Title. At the minimum, wages should be tied to the changes in grocery prices. A Walmart Supercenter that increases its prices without increasing wages is stealing wage from its employees. Also, inflation changes should be bundled once a year, so that everyone can "see" the average price hike and make this wage discrepancy more obvious.


r/WorkReform 14h ago

entitled small business owner ™

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This is a rant but also a w for my workplace.

I work as a casual barista in a small rural town in Australia. I was hired with two other employees when the shop opened December 2021. Bosses seemed nice and enthusiastic- I'd been job-hunting for months without success and it was the only offer.

The boss, who is in charge of rosters and communications, consistently forgets to update the roster until the night before it starts, and goes on "social media detoxes" without telling any of us. They order too many products - and since we are a tiny kiosk, we have no-where to store them. Milk is one of them - we only have a certain amount of fridges- are we supposed to let the remaining milk spoil?

I've been asked to work without pay "because it's a public holiday, and you're only going to be here for an hour", and I've had to do shifts where I've looked after the entire store by myself - resulting in no breaks. One week, the bosses came back and worked for ~6 days straight, then left again. I didn't get paid for 2 weeks because I was in covid iso for the week previous. How the hell are we supposed to financially support ourselves when they pull shit like that?

A reoccurring theme is that the bosses leave for a couple weeks, then come back and introduce like 10 new food items, new responsibilities, leave it to the employees to teach each other the new responsibilities and then leave for another week. They also teach different people different things, and expect us to teach each other - causing meaningless misunderstanding over how coffees are made.

6 months later, all 3 of us are sick of it. The business is too small to unionize, but we have talked about the work conditions together, and have collectively demanded for certain basic conditions to be met. For example, the boss needs to release the roster at least a week before, and has to reply to messages in a timely manner. If they lost all three of us, it would take them at least a month to hire and train 3 new people.

I'm looking for another job in secret. The two other employees are going back to tertiary education. Apparently the boss was almost in tears when they told her they were both going to have to cut their hours.

TLDR: It is not the employee's responsibility to make up for management's lack of organization. Even if you can't or won't unionize, start talking to coworkers about work conditions and pay - a little goes a long way.


r/WorkReform 5h ago

Why you should regularly search for other jobs, even if you love yours.

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Financial advisor here. Saw another post that aligns with this so decided to share.

I have a lot of clients who are lawyers or work in tech, where there is high competition for good employees. One of my clients will take interviews any time he is offered. At least 1-2x per year, my client gets an offer with higher pay from a competing company. He then brings this to his current employer and they typically match it. Instant significant raise.

It eliminates the awkwardness of asking for a raise. It eliminates the awkwardness of “omg I thought you believed in our companies mission” bullshit. It’s completely understandable when you tell your employer someone else wants to buy your labor for a higher value.

So, take or seek out interviews, get an offer, tell employer. Worse case scenario you get more income by switching jobs and the novelty of doing so. Best case scenario you stay where you like and get paid more for it.


r/WorkReform 12h ago

Thoughts about video requests from employers?

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I heard back from a company I applied to a month ago asking for a "short 2-3 minute introduction video about yourself so our team can learn more about you". They went on to request that I "think of it as a video resume. Please introduce yourself, touch on where you currently reside, why you’re interested in the role with our team, the skills + experience you've acquired that will equip you, and anything else about yourself that would be helpful for our team to know"

It's due in two days and I'm just sort of turned off by the whole request. The info they're asking for is already included in my application and resume. I saw that a member of their team viewed my LinkedIn. Idk. Thoughts?

*edit: Here's the response I went with:

Hi Jon,

I'm going to respectfully decline the short video resume request.

I'd happily partake in a short phone screen or Zoom call; something that facilitates more of a back and forth interview process.

If this is a mandatory prerequisite, I wish you all the best in your search and I appreciate your consideration.


r/WorkReform 10h ago

would shares as part of benefits fix some of the salary grievances posted in this sub?

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To be a bit more specific, I'm imagining an employee benefits package that starts out with x value of shares in the company, for all employees, and then as more shares are issued every employee receives an increase to their number of shares.

If I'm understanding how shares work correctly, then it'd take care of a couple issued. The first being the constant problem of companies making record profits while employees see no benefit to their paychecks, as now employees will receive dividend payouts. Secondly I think it might also solve some of the problems of veteran employees having their pay outpaced by new hires, as the longer you are employed, the more shares you accrue beyond the starting value.

What do you think? Would this work or am I totally missing the point of how company shares work?